As the countdown to the ODI World Cup commences, Indian cricket captain Rohit Sharma is all too familiar with the colossal pressure that comes with a home tournament. However, with his sights set firmly on leading India to their first ICC trophy in a decade, Rohit is determined to insulate himself from the noise and distractions that surround such a monumental event.
Being relaxed is Rohit’s mantra
At the age of 36, Rohit Sharma shoulders the hopes of over a billion cricket enthusiasts, fully understanding the magnitude of his responsibility. The ODI World Cup, set to begin on October 5, will see England take on New Zealand in Ahmedabad, marking the commencement of an intense battle for global supremacy in the world of cricket.
In an exclusive interview with PTI just before joining the Asia Cup camp in Benglauru, Rohit shared his approach to handling the upcoming tournament. “For me, it is important how I keep myself relaxed and not worry about external factors that play a role, whether positively or negatively. I want to shut out everything,” he stated with a sense of determination.
Rohit eyeing 2019 excellence
Reflecting on his mindset before the 2019 World Cup, Rohit acknowledged the importance of his mental state in achieving success. “I want to get into the phase I was in before the 2019 World Cup,” he revealed, referring to the tournament where he amassed an impressive 648 runs, including five centuries, making him the highest run-scorer of the edition.
Rohit Sharma’s approach to cricket is marked by a Zen-like calmness, even in high-stress situations. Just as his bat’s straight face meets the bowler’s back-drive with precision, his composed demeanour remains unwavering. “I was in great frame of mind and prepared really well for the tournament,” he reminisced about the 2019 World Cup, his words echoing the focus he maintained.
I’ve not changed much in the last 16 years: Rohit Sharma
However, amidst the anticipation of a high-stakes tournament, Rohit Sharma remains grounded. He acknowledges that while World Cups can sway outcomes, they can’t fundamentally alter his character. “A person can’t change overnight with his success or failures,” he affirmed. “I don’t think one result or one championship can change me as a person. I have not changed as a person in the last 16 years, and I don’t think anything needs to change on that front.”
Rohit Sharma’s philosophy resonates with a profound understanding of self and a determination to remain unaffected by external circumstances. As he embarks on the journey to secure India’s place on the cricketing map, his commitment to maintaining his core identity amidst the ever-changing world of cricket serves as an inspiring example to athletes and enthusiasts alike.
With the World Cup on the horizon, cricket aficionados await the unfolding of this significant chapter in India’s cricketing history, where Rohit Sharma’s leadership and on-field prowess are set to leave an indelible mark.